Shakespeare. As you like it. Act II. Scene VII. The Seven Ages. First Age. Jaq. At first the Infant Mewling & puking in the nurse's arms. [&] Second Age. Jaq. And then, the whining school-boy, with his satchel, And shining morning face, Creeping likesnail unwillingly to school. [&] Third Age. Jaq.___And then, the lover; Sighin like furnace, with a woeful ballad Made to his mistress' eye-brow. [&] Fourth Age. Jaq.___Then a Soldier; Full of strange oaths, and bearded like the pard, Jealous in honour, sudden and quick in quarrel: Seeking the bubble reputation Even in the cannons mouth. [&] Fifth Age. Jaq.___And then, the justice In fair round belly, with good capon lin'd, With eyes severe, and beard of formal cut, Full of wise saws and modern instances, And so he plays his part. [&] Sixth Age. Jaq.___The sixth age shifts Into the lean and slipper'd pantaloo; With spectacles on nose, and pouch on side; His youthful hose well sav'd, a world too wide For his shrunk shank; and his big manly voice Turning again toward childish treble, pipes and Whistles in his sound: [&] Seventh Age. Jaq.___Las scene of all, That ends this strange eventful history. Is second childishness, and mere oblivion; Sans teeth, sans eyes, sans taste, sans everything.
Pubd. June 4, 1801, by J & J Boydell, at the Shakespeare Gallery, Pall Mall; &No. 90, Cheapside, London.
A set of seven stipples. Plate 457 x 541mm. 18 x 21¼".
Seven plates illustrating the famous soliloquy by Jaques in Shakespeare's 'As You Like it', in which he described the Seven Ages of Man, from infancy to old age.
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